I think our glittery Christmas trees turned out so beautiful and the best part is the kids made them almost all on their own. We used our simple no-bake clay recipe from our A is for Art activity and turned them green for an easy and adorable Christmas craft. Keep reading, the directions are coming up :).
Suggested Book to Read with this Acivity
The craft was inspired by the book, The Golden Christmas Tree (affiliate link) by Jan Wahl…can’t go wrong with a classic Golden Book! We read it together and the kids couldn’t keep their hands off the book. They loved every page full of animals working together to decorate the Golden Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree Clay Recipe
- 1 C. cornstarch
- 2 C. baking soda
- 1 1/2 C. cold water
Mix the ingredients together over medium heat. Stir continually, it will get really thick and hard to stir. Once it reaches the desired consistency, remove it from the pan and let cool before playing with it. Store in an airtight container.
How to Make a Clay Christmas Tree Ornament
- Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter
- Rolling pin
- Wax paper
- Green paint
- Mod Podge or Craft Sealant
- Golden glitter
- Glue gun (optional)
On top of a piece of wax paper, use the rolling pin to smooth out a piece of clay. Cut out a Christmas tree with the cookie cutter. Gently press the fork into the clay to design the Christmas tree. Finally, use the straw to poke a hole at the top of the tree and set the tree out to dry.
When the tree is dry, paint the tree green. We didn’t use very much paint, so it dried really fast. Put a little Mod Podge into a bowl and mix in some gold glitter. Coat the Christmas trees with the Mod Podge and let dry. We did at least 3 coats.
Once the Christmas trees are dry, thread some ribbon through the top and tie or use the hot glue gun to secure. I used some awesome glitter ribbon I just learned about and it’s my new favorite thing! Anyhow, it is too thick to tie which is why we needed the glue gun. Once it’s secure, your ornament is ready to hang on the tree!
More Christmas Ideas to Love:
- 20+ of the Cutestes Christmas Handprint Crafts
- Free Printable Christmas Activity Pack
- Santa Charcuterie Board
This post was inspired by the lovely Melissa from Mama Miss who came up with the brilliant idea to create Christmas ornaments based on children’s books. 70+ bloggers are participating in a 10 day series that is pretty amazing.
Here are the 6 other ornaments that are being shared today.
For more Christmas ideas, follow our Winter/Christmas Pinterest board:
Thanks for crafting with us today. If you enjoyed this idea please pin & share it with others so they can enjoy it too! Love, Katie & the Kiddos (originally posted 12/10/14; updated 11/26/2016)